Tiekie Barnard

Founder & CEO

The Shared Value Africa Initiative & Shift Impact Africa

Tiekie is the Founder and CEO of both Shift Impact Africa a Shared Value advisory consulting firm and the Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) a Shared Value advocacy and training non-profit organisation. She is driven by her passion and love for the Africa continent, its people and the Shared Value Business Management concept that reconnects company success to social progress.  

The Shared Value Africa Initiative’s mandate as the regional partner in Africa, is to advocate for the private sector adoption of the Shared Value Business Management concept, created by world renowned economist and academics from Harvard Business School , Prof Michael Porter and Prof. Mark Kramer. In 2018 Tiekie negotiated for the SVAI to become the regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative started by Profs Porter and Kramer and the SVAI was launched on Africa Day, May 25th, 2018. The SVAI currently has a footprint in 12 countries across the Africa continent. Sister Shared Value networks currently include   India, Hong Kong, Australia, and the USA. 

It is Tiekie’ s dream that every company and every entrepreneur on the Africa continent will one day practise creating Shared Value that focus on creating economic value and value for society – profit with purpose.

Tiekie believes in the power of the collective and it is her philosophy that each person that crosses her path has been sent by a higher power and needs to be treated with respect as that person in some form or another will add value to her journey. The interaction might be short, or it might develop into a mutually beneficial long-term relationship that will assist with per vision to make a difference in the lives of those that need it most.

In addition, Tiekie is an advocate for gender equality and is passionate about fighting GBV and in June 2020 the Shared Value Africa initiative Iaunched the GBVF #ITSNOTOK movement to create public awareness of our second global pandemic and to motivate change through the private sector and government.

The GBV #ITSNOTOK Movement since June 2020 has forged relationships with many organisations, delivered various webinars on discussion on GBV within the private sector  to assist in the awareness creation of our second pandemic and is an active member of the GBV National Strategic Plan collaborative.

Tiekie is a Shared Value Strategist, Gold Member of the GRI, Member of Vega School of Brand Leadership Advisory Committee, Member of the global Shared Value steering committee, Member of Agrilux Marketing Advisory Committee , a Board Member of Creatella Impact, an impact investment firm from NYC, and member of faculty at Strathmore Business School. Tiekie has extensive expertise and experience on Shared Value Business Management concept and advising organisations on its implementation and alignment. 

In 2017, Tiekie was nominated for the South Africa Businesswomen’s Association Regional Business Achievers Award, in the Social Entrepreneurship Category. 

In 2019 Tiekie completed the Harvard Business School Creating Shared Value: Competitive Advantage Through Social Impact course that was delivered by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer.

In 2019 Tiekie conceptualised and co-created the first ever Shared Value course on the Africa continent in collaboration with the Strathmore Business School(SBS)  in Kenya. In September 2020, the SVAI and SBS , delivered the 5-day online course which Tiekie participated in as a programme manager and  co-lecturer. 

In December 2020, she was awarded and recognised as one of Africa’s Women Leaders by the World Women Leadership Congress and Awards.

In September 2021 Tiekie’ s leadership was recognised when the Shared Value Africa Initiative was nominated as one of the top 10 Conscious Companies in South Africa.